Saturday, December 7, 2019
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Russian Owned Company Hacked Ohio Voting Office on Election Day

A Russian-owned company tried to hack the Ohio office that oversees the state’s voting systems on Election Day, according to Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose, as reported by an article in Salon. If that doesn’t scare the ever living shit out of you, I’ve got nothing. Secretary of State LaRose downplayed the attack as “relatively unsophisticated,” whatever the hell that means. “Some of these unsophisticated attacks are ways that they probe for vulnerabilities. They are poking around for soft spots,” LaRose explained. He went on to credit the state’s “Albert” alert system that quickly identified the attack. “The good guys won that day and the bad guys lost,” he said. No, asshole, that is not necessarily true, for a whole shitload of reasons. The first reason, being, of course, is that a successful attack on your database is one that isn’t even detected, and there is a chance that a sophisticated organization like …oh … the Russian military, might do two or more attacks, some very haphazard, all to cover the most subtle attack. Second, this “unsophisticated” attack may have just been probing your weaknesses, preparing for next year. Last, jackass, it is never good, ever ever ever good, to learn that Russians – it is always Russians, want to interfere with our government generally, and elections specifically. As an aside, while we are lecturing Sec. Larose for his glib comments, we ought to note that Secretary Larose is a Republican. In its current form, we have precious little evidence that the Republican party of 2019 can be trusted to tell us the truth about these matters, nor necessarily trusted to defend hacking designed to help Republicans. We might not necessarily even trust a Republican to not take a phone call from the White House, stating that he is to stop speaking about it. Call us paranoid. Larose can characterize this as “great” all he wants. This is not “great” at all, and we keep hearing about vulnerabilities after the fact. Moreover, we keep hearing about more and more vulnerabilities, many are cited in the above article. As just one example: Though voting machines are not supposed to connect to the internet for security reasons, some machine analysts have discovered remote-access software on machines in key swing states and other flaws that could expose the systems to hacking. Motherboard recently reported that election systems in 10 different states have connected to the internet in the last year. It is infuriating to me that we would be just as angry reading about a company based in India attempting to hack into systems and change every vote to the Democrat. It would infuriate us, as it would cast “doubts” upon the 2020 results, results that we intend to win by, you know, winning.  This is terrifying. If Trump is looking for a reason to suspend the next election, or question its results, he has it. Russians continue to hack our system. We have yet to see Trump actually do anything in office that materially hurts him in some way. “Stepping down,” after an election, would be an act that “hurts” him dearly. No one ought to be presuming Trump will “do the right thing” at this point, no matter how obvious. As I said just a week ago, think about how far we’ve come in just a […]
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No More Luxury Travel For The Rabbit, Duncan Hunter To Resign After Finally Pleading...

Sometimes grifters do come to justice. It happened with Al Capone and just today, it has happened with California congressman Duncan Hunter. After blaming his wife and kid for all of his woes, he finally decided to cop to his own malfeasance. Amazing. The Intelligencer: “The plea I accepted is misuse of my own campaign funds, of which I pled guilty to only one count,” Hunter told KUSI in San Diego, which is close to his vast district in inland southern California. “I justify my plea with the understanding that I am responsible for my own campaign and my own campaign money.” That justification probably means a great deal to his wife and former campaign manager, Margaret Hunter. Last year, the congressman blamed his spouse for any and all irregularities in his campaign coffers. (Prior to blaming his wife, he first blamed his son for the charges, claiming that the child had grabbed the wrong credit card to pay for stuff online.) “She handled my finances throughout my entire military career, and that continued on when I got to Congress,” Hunter told Fox News in 2018. “She was also the campaign manager so whatever she did, that’ll be looked at too, I’m sure, but I didn’t do it.” In his announcement of his guilty plea on Monday, Hunter did not mention whether or not his wife’s decision to flip and cooperate with prosecutors in June played a role in his decision. Pleading guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States, Margaret Hunter admitted that the pair had used campaign funds as “their personal bank account.” Though the blame game surely was a strain on their relationship, at least they had fun while the scam lasted. In the August 2018 indictment, Hunter was accused of illegally using $250,000 in campaign money from 2009 to 2016 on fun couple’s activities like a $10,000 trip to Italy, surf shop purchases, Hawaiian shorts, oral surgery, and plane tickets for their pet rabbit, Eggburt. While Hunter could face 8 to 14 months in prison for his guilty plea, his lawyers will push for substantially less time, citing his service in Congress and in the military. Plane tickets for the pet bun bun. Well, that’s a new one. Maybe Mike Pence can take a page from Hunter’s book and take Marlon Bundo on a nice long flight and pour him champagne. While we’re all joking and rejoicing in Hunter’s departure, bear in mind that Darrel Issa might just come out of retirement and run for Hunter’s seat. The last thing that we need back in Congress is that clown.
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